Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., Oct. 11th 2012


October 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines man has won $1 million in Powerball, the latest in a string of lottery winners in Iowa. Fifty-one-year-old Mark Evans claimed his prize from the September 19th drawing yesterday at the lottery headquarters. He’s one of ten Iowa players to win at least $1 million in lottery games this year.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — The Cedar Rapids City Council has voted to support local developers in their quest to build a casino on the area. The council on Tuesday unanimously approved a proposal that says the council will exclusively support Steve Gray and his investor group in obtaining a state gambling license and building a casino. Gray says his group is preparing a petition drive to force a referendum election next year, asking Linn County voters to approve gambling in the county.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Petitions seeking to repeal Omaha, Nebraska’s new legal protections for gay and transgender residents are now being circulated. The Omaha World-Herald newspaper reports that organizers must gather about 11,400 valid signatures over the next month to put the measure before city voters.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — For Iowa, a week off after a potential season-saving win over Minnesota was just about perfect. The Hawkeyes were teetering on the brink of a free fall heading into its September 29th showdown with the Gophers, but came out with a dominant 31-13 win.